Baobab is the fruit of Africa’s ‘Tree of Life’. Baobab fruit is first harvested by hand by collecting from the trees or from the ground. Baobab fruit naturally dehydrates in the shell and the hard shells are then cracked open and the pulp is separated from the seeds and shell. There is no heat or pasteurisation necessary to make baobab fruit powder – dried baobab fruit pulp is simply ground into powder.
Baobab fruit powder contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Gram per gram it contains six times as much vitamin C as oranges, twice as much calcium as milk and even more iron than red meat. It is also rich in potassium and has plenty B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, and antioxidants. What’s more, the fruit pulp is rich in soluble fibre, containing more than other fruits such as apples, peaches and apricots.
Being high in antioxidants it can help to eliminate free radicals that can contribute to cancer, aging, inflammation and cardio-vascular disease. Rich in various vitamins and minerals it may contribute towards improved general health and wellbeing.
Most Super-foodies opt to consume baobab as a powder, which can be sprinkled on porridges, yoghurt and all manner of tasty treats, including:
- Drink – Create a Baobab Fizz by mixing 1tsp of baobab powder in a glass of sparkling water. It acts as a great replacement for sugary soft drinks and is far healthier.
- Sauces – It’s a great addition to any citrusy sauces and dishes due to its tangy taste.
- Smoothies – For a quick, fruit fix mix 1-2 tsp baobab with two or three glasses of coconut/almond milk. Add some frozen mango pieces and banana, and then blend!